Love Your Library Day!

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“Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto.” Raekwon Moore breaks it down in the early morning hours at the Reference Desk.

Come celebrate “Love Your Library Day” today (Monday, February 24) in Brown Library. This is your opportunity to get to know the Learning Resources that are available for you on all three floors of the Brown Library Building — your ticket to academic support and success.

Check out Today’s activities:

Building-Wide Scavenger Hunt

  • (For Students Only) Get scavenger hunt forms from the Circulation Desk on the top floor of the library. Submit completed scavenger hunt forms to the Circulation Desk for a chance to win a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card. Six runner-up prizes will also be awarded. Prizes provided by Student Activities and the VWCC bookstore. Contest winners will be notified on February 25.

Ground Floor Activities

  • (For Students Only) The first ten students who visit the Writing Center and say, “I love my library” will get a goodie bag.
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They dance more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day! From left: Kristen Bailey, Carol Ann Bailey, Michael Bailey.

Main Floor Activities

  • (For Students, Staff, and Faculty) Kiss Contest! Guess the correct number of candy kisses on display at the main floor Resource Desk, and win a prize. Prizes provided by Bubblecake. Contest winners will be notified on February 25.

Top Floor Activities

  • (For Students, Staff, and Faculty) Free hot beverages 10am-2pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm.
  • (For Students Only) The first ten students who visit the Reference Desk and do “The Robot” will get a goodie bag. Research assistance provided for those who are not familiar with that dance.
  • (For Music Lovers) Electrifying performance by the “Mime-All-Mime Air Guitar Band.” We don’t know exactly when the band will be performing, so you will just have to come and spend the day in our building.

We look forward to seeing you and serving you in Brown Library.

Working on Your Fitness?

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution related to health, well-being, or fitness? Maybe it wasn’t a resolution. Whatever your reasoning, did you know that Brown Library has popular magazines that can help with your health, well-being, and fitness goals? Climb the stairs for an extra calorie burn, and browse the magazines on the top floor. We’ve got Men’s Fitness, Shape, Health, Prevention, Bicycling, Nutrition Action Newsletter, and more!

What About the First Day of Spring? Standing eggs?

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia

On the first day of Spring — March 20 in 2014 — day and night hours are about equal, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Around this day, we experience the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun rolls northward across the celestial equator. This means the sun rises “exactly due east and sets exactly due west,” the almanac tells us.

The Almanac editors tried out a bit of folklore related to this period and have the results on their “Spring” page. Editors tested this: “According to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. Is this true?”

Here’s what happened:
“One spring, a few minutes before the vernal equinox, several Almanac editors tried this trick. For a full workday, 17 out of 24 eggs stood standing. Three days later, we tried this trick again and found similar results. Perhaps 3 days after the equinox was still too near. Try this yourself and let us know what happens!”

The Virginia Western Community can learn more about the equinox by logging in to Brown Library’s book catalog and searching on equinox to find this film that can be streamed: “Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey” by BBC Worldwide Ltd.

Cold Weather On The Way, Again.

Another polar vortex is set to bring the mercury way down again in the area. Just the term “polar vortex” sounds like something out of a summer blockbuster, right? Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Katniss Everdeen, save us! Arm yourself with knowledge provided by the National Weather Service website. The NWS Windchill Temperature (WCT) index includes a wind child calculator and it provides links to practical information to help you plan for extremely cold weather.

 

New Guide Helps You Find Statistical Information!

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Brown Library is putting the power of statistical information in your hands. Our new Statistics LibGuide, short for Library Guide, is a website with links to nearly 60 governmental and not-for-profit statistics sites. It just got much easier for you to find statistical information for your papers and projects. Find statistics on population, crime, religious beliefs, health-related topics, and the environment, among others.

There you will find the statistics guide and other LibGuides specific to classes offered here at Virginia Western.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need help with your research assignments.